J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Das Kantatenwerk - Vol. 45

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gustav Leonhardt
Soloists:(for 198)
Jan Patrick oFarrel S, Rene Jacobs a John Elwes T, Harry van der Kamp B
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:BWV 196 Der Herr denket an uns
BWV 197 Gott is unsre Zuversicht
BWV 198 Lass, furstin, lass noch einen Strahl
BWV 199 Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:2292-44194-2
Year Released/Recorded:1989
Total Playing Time:101' 41"
Comments:Eugene Herron said:

Teldec released a two CD set containing four cantatas, which included the "Trauer Ode". My favorite track is the pelagic "Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus"; a smooth, balanced, and perfect blend of tenor voice, flute, oboe d'amore, lute, organ and basso continuo which contends with poetic imagery, pathos and mystical force in a balance of meaning and feeling. Bach leads one by the hand or drives one along, compelling with meaning and his own command of his art? I do not yet know.

This piece even moved die hard Rock 'n Roll fans at work, though one of them called it "quite sad". I was and am stunned by the composition and realization of this aria.

All of the works on these two CDs are wonderful, featuring period instrumentation, either boys or women as sopranos and masterful control of the forces at play. I wish I'd explored Bach's cantatas long before I began and I wish I spoke German better so I could follow them in the fullest sense. Later...

To the person who sold this to the second CD store where I purchased it - I was quite sad to see this in circulation as it meant someone lost something special, but I have it now.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eugene Herron
Date First Submitted:07/07/2001